Hand Decorated Mugs or BowlsI was intending to make personalized mugs for this first project, but the shape of this bowl really struck me. You can use this technique on any porcelain piece. There’s a lot of projects on Pinterest that are decorated with sharpie, but I do advise you to get the porcelain paint pens instead. I’ve heard that the sharpie is not dishwasher-proof and will eventually rub off. The porcelain paint pens are only a few dollars at your local craft store and should last for a few projects.
All you need to do is draw your design on bowl or mug and then bake it in your 350 degree oven for 30 minutes to set the design. If you mess up, you can use a damp cloth to wipe your mistakes away before you bake it. I have more detailed instructions about the process here.
Bath SaltsBath salts are surprisingly simple to make. The base is Epsom salts which you can find in big bags for just a few dollars. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and a little food coloring (totally optional if you want to go natural), and you’re done.
Sugar ScrubI’ve written about my love for sugar scrub before. It’s easy, it’s cheap, and feels so luxurious. This time I used this super simple recipe. I still also recommend my pumpkin and spice sugar scrub too.
Christmas Simmer ScentThere’s something about scent that makes a house into a home. For this stocking stuffer, I packaged up all the ingredients for a yummy smelling simmering scent. I dried some orange and lemon slices, then added cinnamon and cloves to the mix. To use, all they need to do is pour in a small pot, add water, and bring to a simmer.
For instructions on how to dry orange slices, click here. To read more about creating your own simmering scent, click here.
Homemade ExtractsI’ve been intrigued by diy extracts for a while and thought this was a perfect time to try my hand at it. You can make all kinds of extracts easily. You soak your choice of flavoring agent in a base of vodka and a few weeks later, you have extract. I made almond extract because that’s what I had on hand, and I really like it’s flavor in cookies.
You can make vanilla, mint, lemon, etc. See here for more detailed instructions.
Be sure to check out Megan’s stocking stuffer ideas for the gentlemen in your life.